July 18th, 2012



The water bill came today and I was pleasantly surprised. The quantity charge was only seven dollars and change. For another five or six bucks I could have kept the front lawn as green as the back lawn this month. That's less than a six pack of Sierra Nevada, so I guess I could afford it. But then even when green the front lawn doesn't look as good as the back lawn, so I don't know that it would be worth the few dollars a month. It has serious issues with tufting, thatch, and uneven ground. It really ought to be ripped out and replaced with something else, but that would be very expensive.

In fact the whole front yard looks pretty bad whether the lawn is green or not. It just wasn't done right to begin with. I lack not only the cash but the energy to renovate it, though, so the neighbors are stuck with the ugly until I get around to selling the place. Still, I celebrated the low bill by thoroughly soaking the whole front yard this evening. It smells nice through the open window.

Timmy the feral cat left bird feathers scattered about the garage today. At least this one was not a woodpecker. It was something smaller and greyish brown. I suspect that it was the unwise bird I saw pecking alongside the driveway yesterday evening while the cat watched from nearby. It looked like easy prey. At least Timmy didn't leave any guts on the patch of carpet in front of the washer and drier, which Sunni sometimes used to do.

I didn't get around to raking the leaves in the back yard yet, and the days are going to be heating up again. There's nothing as bad as last week in sight so far, but August is yet to come. Now that the days are a bit milder I've been able to actually enjoy lying on the chaise and watching the sunlight flicker on the leaves. I don't know if its because I need new glasses or not, but all afternoon the oaks look like they are filled with fairy lights that twinkle when the breezes shift the leaves. It lends a festive air to the neighborhood that I find quite engaging. It also gives me an urge to drink more beer, but I've confined myself to carrot juice or sparkling sweet cider so far. Much more appropriate in afternoon, as it doesn't make me nap.

Now for a very late dinner, long delayed by the extra time I spent watering. I hope I don't nod off before finishing it.